Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks told reporters on Friday that Kyrie Irving's Instagram post was "a step" toward returning to the team, but Irving's suspension will not end until he takes more of them. At shootaround in Washington, D.C., Marks also said that the Nets did not consider waiving Irving outright, via The Athletic's Alex Schiffer.
The team announced on Thursday that Irving would be suspended for a minimum of five games, as he is "currently unfit to be associated with the Brooklyn Nets," having publicized a film "containing deeply disturbing antisemitic hate." In order to return to the team, Irving will have to satisfy "a series of objective remedial measures that address the harmful impact of his conduct," according to the press release.
One of those remedial measures, Marks said, is to meet with Jewish leaders, per ESPN's Nick Friedell. While Irving, the Nets and the Anti-Defamation League issued a joint statement on Wednesday, when Irving was asked on Thursday whether or not he personally met with the Anti-Defamation League, he said, "I was informed that they wanted to have a meeting, and we handled it." The New York Daily News' Stefan Bondy reported that Irving had sent his father and his stepmother/agent to meet with ADL leadership.
On Thursday, before Irving's Instagram post, ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt tweeted, "We were optimistic but after watching the debacle of a press conference, it's clear that Kyrie feels no accountability for his actions," adding that the ADL "cannot in good conscience accept" Irving's previously announced donation. On Friday, Greenblatt followed up: "Although we will not accept any funds from him, if Kyrie is open to direct dialogue to repair the harm that he has caused and to engage in a process of healing and learning in a sincere manner, @ADL is open to engaging with him. Time and action will tell."